KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28, 2016:

Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak says the government’s plan to optimise spectrum resources in the country is to provide the nation with a better, more effective communication network system.

Deliberating on the measures announced in the revised Budget 2016 made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today, Salleh Said said the government was committed to meeting the national targets for the year 2020 and beyond in the communications and multimedia sector.

“The Government’s call to optimise spectrum resources is to achieve the vision of providing widespread communication services to all consumers, especially in rural and remote areas,” he said in a statement posted on his official blog, today.

He explained that the plan would be achieved by reallocating and by the bidding of spectrum resources involving major industry players.

He added the reallocation would maintain a sufficient level of competition and resiliency in the mobile market in addition to bringing in added revenue to the government.

He added ample spectrum resources to cater for coverage as well as capacity would put major players in a better position in the near future to roll-out 4G services and more, in both urban and rural areas in the country.

“The main reasons for the reallocation are to ensure efficient use of spectrum, the development of the mobile industry, with a focus on service roll-out and consumer interests,” said Salleh Said.

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